What to do… and where to go
Within a comfortable walking distance of Stennack Cottage are:
Geevor Tin Mine: This Cornish Mining World Heritage site is set in the wide open spaces of the Lands End peninsula on the dramatic Atlantic coast. Go underground in an 18th century tin mine; walk through the tunnels of 18th Wheal Mexico Mine made by men and boys who worked in the mine more than 200 years ago. The views are spectacular, the air is fresh and the scenery breathtaking!
Portheras Cove and Pendeen Watch Lighthouse: Just at the edge of the coastline is the impressive Pendeen Watch, facing out into the Atlantic. Giving amazing views of the ocean and the surrounding cliffs with the engines, the lighthouse is a favourite spot to watch the sunset, and the beach is a secluded secret spot to enjoy.
Levant Mine and Beam Engine: Whether you’re into mining, walking, wildlife, history, or stunning views, there’s something for you at Levant. Join a guided tour, see the engine steaming, or go bird spotting. At the heart of the site is the 1840s beam engine, which was lovingly restored by members of the Greasy Gang. The engine steamings are roughly every 15 minutes or so, with the last steaming at roughly 4pm.
Pendeen Pottery and Gallery: A working Cornish Pottery in Pendeen, where several ranges of John’s earthenware pottery are on display, both attractive and useful, while Gemma’s beautiful botanical artwork and still-lifes adorn the Gallery’s walls. In the gallery we also have a changing selection of Cornish paintings and crafts, prints and cards. Treat yourself. Take home with you a piece of Cornwall, where our glazes are inspired by the glorious colours and moods of Cornwall.
Local walks around Pendeen: This site allows you to explore circular walks around Pendeen and Penzance, with different levels of difficulty and distance, complete with parking spots and recommended footwear.
Centre of Pendeen and Farmers Market: The Centre of Pendeen hosts a number of events during the year, including the Pendeen Farmer’s Market from 10am to 1pm on the first and third Saturday of each month. There is a small exhibition of work by local artists in our hall. Many of their paintings are for sale, as well as an excellent selection of second-hand books and DVDs.
Pendeen: Pendeen itself has an excellent village Costcutter general store, which sells most things which you may require on your visit. There are also three pubs, notably the North Inn which is a CAMRA awarded Pub of the Year in 2003. The North Inn was a favourite haunt of tin miners until the local mine closed in 1990, and still is a traditional Cornish village pub with a large beer garden and good food in the heart of the village.
Surrounding coastline: The rugged coastline and abandoned granite engine houses reflect the proud mining history of this area, with the South West Coast Path within easy access. There are many Neolithic and Bronze age stones in the area as well, with the moorland behind Pendeen hosting cairns and quoits. Chûn Quoit in particular is one of the best preserved Neolithic quoits in Western Cornwall, and overlooks heather moorland and the open sea.
A little further afield you will find:
Botallack Mine: A former mine in Botallack in the west of Cornwall, England, UK. Since 2006 it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. Watchers of Poldark will instantly recognise the filming location for the series, with the famed Crowns engine houses clinging to the foot of the cliffs. Visit the iconic chimneys and Crowns before taking a break in the Count House Workshop Cafe.
Lanyon Quoit: The Lanyon Quoit is a dolmen, or Neolithic tomb, found just off the B3306 in Cornwall. In the field, a large flat stone, or quoit weighing around 12 tons, rest on top of three upright stones. The dolmen was constructed around 2500 BC as part of a barrow, or chambered tomb, the remains of which are barely visible in the surrounding landscape today. Lanyon means “cold pool” in the native Cornish language. The site is also known as “The Giant’s Table,” for obvious reasons, and has been mentioned in Arthurian legends.
St Just: St Just-in-Penwith is the nearest town to Land’s End. Originally the centre of the tin mining industry in this part of Cornwall, the town’s past is reflected in the nature of the streets of granite cottages. St Just was once the mining centre of the peninsula and disused engine houses dominate the landscape. In the centre of the town is Plain-an-Gwarry, a theatre used for miracle plays in medieval times, and more recently the Lafrowda Festival.
St Ives: One of Cornwall’s most famous destinations, St Ives is a picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town surrounded by fantastic beaches, art galleries and great restaurants. Wander through the maze of narrow cobbled streets, independent shops and fisherman’s cottages in the heart of St Ives. Surf at the blue flag-rated Porthmeor beach and feel the soft sand between your toes, or set off on an inspiring walk along the coastal path towards Land’s End.
Cape Cornwall: Part of the Tin Coast and Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the distinctive headland juts out into the ocean where two great bodies of water meet. Cape Cornwall is one of only two capes in Britain, marking the spot where the Atlantic currents divide. Often referred to as the connoisseur’s Land’s End, the iconic chimney stack and Brisons Rocks make this site a must-see.
Mousehole: Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall between Penzance and Land’s End. It was sacked by the Spaniards in July 1595 when the entire village, apart from one house, was burnt to the ground. That house still stands today. A hundred years ago Mousehole was a bustling port, crowded with local fishing boats, landing pilchards. Its narrow streets are filled with small shops, galleries and restaurants, with the area protected from the force of the sea by two sturdy breakwaters.
Newlyn: Newlyn is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the United Kingdom, with over 40 acres of harbour. The port was sacked and torched by a Spanish raiding party in the 16th century, then rebuilt. Today, very little of old Newlyn remains. Many of the white painted or stone faced granite cottages, separated by steep, narrow alleys, were only saved from demolition be the outbreak of the Second World War. Next to Newlyn Green recreational area on the sea front is the Newlyn Art Gallery, where today the gallery has a society whose members produce much only contemporary work.
Penzance: The market town of Penzance is located in the far west of Cornwall and is in fact the last stop on the old Great Western train line. Penzance is an inherently attractive town, with many wonderful granite buildings, particularly around the town’s two central parks. It also has a considerable artistic community which is reflected in a number of galleries.
The Merry Maidens Stone Circle: Serviced by the number 1 bus from Penzance, the Merry Maidens are accessible without cars but still an impressive, less travelled prehistoric sites. The local legend is that the monoliths were formed when 19 young maidens were turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday. The site is also known as Dans Maen (or the butchered version, “Dawns Men”) from the Cornish term for “Stone Dance.”
St Michaels Mount: An island reachable by a causeway at low tide is possibly one of the earliest Western European locations to be identified in text. A manmade causeway of granite serves as a passage to the tidal island during times when the waters allow; otherwise, one must approach by boat. Although an underground railway exists to deliver goods to the castle from the harbor, its steep grading does not allow for passengers, and is not even open to the public for viewing. Tours of the island and parts of the castle are available, and there is a museum with several artifacts that pertain to the island’s long, colorful history.
Sennen Cove: Sennen Cove is a small coastal village in the parish of Sennen in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, with the South West Coast Path passing straight through. On the beach there are top rate surfing conditions and safe bathing within flagged areas which are moved frequently to follow tidal movements. Sennen Cove’s friendly atmosphere makes for a relaxed day at the beach in one of the UK’s most breathtaking locations.
Lands End: Land’s End is the legendary Cornish destination that has inspired people since ancient Greek times when it was referred to as ‘Belerion’ – Place of the Sun. One of Britain’s best loved landmarks, famous for its unique location and beautiful scenery. Cliff top trails, breathtaking views, pay-as-you-go family attractions, shopping village, restaurant and cafés. Take a stroll through the Lands End visitor attraction where you can buy gifts, souvenirs, clothing and tasty Cornish treats at great prices
Minack Theatre: The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world-famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. From above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall. Explore the open-air theatre, the beautiful sub-tropical gardens and breathtaking ocean views.
Morvah Schoolhouse: Currently closed until 2021, the Schoolhouse exhibits exciting Cornish art, beautiful crafts and delicious home-cooked, local foods in an inspirational landscape full of ancient holy sites, mystery & legend. Morvah Schoolhouse is a wonderful, welcoming gallery, cafe, arts & craft shop and venue showcasing beautiful work by artists and makers in Cornwall. Located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the iconic coastal road between St Ives and St Just, we are the perfect place to discover paintings, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, photography and glass.
Yew Tree Gallery: The Yew Tree Gallery, on the West coast of Cornwall, is set among fields and gardens facing the broad Atlantic against a backdrop of the ancient moors of Penwith. The village of Morvah lies about a mile away, with the erstwhile mining community of Pendeen and Botallack to the west. Many of the exhibitions follow a theme that links us to our environment – both particular to this place but also embracing the wider realm of the planet. Throughout the gallery’s history, emphasis has been on showing work of the highest calibre in a variety of disciplines – painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, wood or jewellery.
Trewidden House and Garden: A Grade II manor house located amongst 15 acres of stunning, Cornish spring garden. Situated in the heart of West Cornwall and forming part of the historic Bolitho Estate, Trewidden House is a resplendent 19th Century manor house bordered by Trewidden Garden, one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall. Created by the Bolitho Family in the 19th Century, Trewidden Garden is a renowned Cornish Spring Garden with extensive collections of Camellias, Magnolias, Azaleas and one of the finest stands of Tree Ferns in the Northern Hemisphere. The garden is open to the public from February to September and has delicious fresh local food to sample in the tearoom.
Lost Gardens of Heligan: A little further afield on a palatial Cornish estate, a massive and unique garden has been restored to its original beauty after 75 years of languishing unloved. Since the late 1500s, The Lost Gardens of Heligan belonged to the Tremayne estate evolving and becoming more extravagant with each passing generation. One head of the household inspired the jungle gardens, while another requested that giant rhododendrons be cultivated.
Field House in Pendeen – open Friday/Saturday only, booking necessary
Pubs in Pendeen – all serving food
The North Inn
Fish and chips in Pendeen at Lillians
Jeremy’s Fish and Chips, St Just – good local fish and chips with upstairs seating
Trewellard Meadery, Trewellard – formally a chapel, the Trewellard Meadery is known for its buzzing atmosphere and loyal customer base
Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, Newlyn – focuses on Cornish produce and seafood, open every day but doesn’t take bookings.
The Mexico Inn, Longrock – good food whether you are looking for a three-course dinner or a light bite, with a traditional Sunday lunch.
Cookbook in St Just – lunches, coffee, cakes etc; upstairs is book paradise
The Beach, Sennen – seafood restaurant in fantastic location
The Old Success, Sennen – 17th century fishermen’s inn
Kota, Porthleven – renowned for its seafood
St Ives – numerous places to eat
Gurnards Head at Treen, near Zennor – for lunches or dinner, or both?
Penzance – restaurants/pubs/takeaways etc
Jordans – at Marazion car park, for fabulous ice creams
Cream Teas at Rosemergy Tea Rooms, a short drive along the coastal road